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Considering the Music of 1973

Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soulI want to get lost in your rock ‘n’ rollAnd drift away Dobie Gray didn’t write Drift Away, Mentor Williams wrote it. But Dobie made it an international hit. The right mix of sing along, stirring lyrics and his silky soulful voice made it magical. I…

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John Lennon in Four Songs

Taken away from us forty years ago today, John Lennon remains the most complex of Beatles. With this anniversary of his murder, he’s been dead for as many years as he was alive, which is a surreal indicator of how large his presence has been well after he’s been gone. I wonder what he might…

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Misguided Angels

I said “Mama, he’s crazy and he scares meBut I want him by my sideThough he’s wild and he’s badAnd sometimes just plain madI need him to keep me satisfied”– Cowboy Junkies, Misguided Angel I saw a Facebook post the other day that broke my heart. A longtime friend who I view as a kid…

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Elton John Proving Me Wrong in Four Songs

I had a conversation with a friend over the weekend about Elton John. She was surprised that I was a bit ambivalent about his music. The fact is I don’t love Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s catalog the way I love, say Jackson Browne or Billy Joel’s catalogs. Sure, he’s iconic and has some great, great songs,…

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Vigor (and a Smile)

Eddie Van Halen passed away yesterday. And so it is that another chunk of my childhood drifts away into the otherworld. I was never much of a guitar player, but it isn’t hard to see Eddie Van Halen playing his guitar Frankenstein and see a virtuoso at work. I suppose there are other guitar players…